Home brewing can seem strange for outsiders. Historically, beer, fermentation, and inebriation were mystical. Let's clear the fog of war and get more people brewing!
1. Home brewing is illegal
Every state, except Alabama and Mississippi, allows home brewing to some degree. The federal law enacted in 1979 by Jimmy Carter, allowed home brewing and left the specific laws to be determined by each state. Some state laws limit production amount or alcohol percentages, so be sure to check out your state or local laws before you brew.
2. Home brewing is complicated
There are very simple kits that are easy to complete and produce good tasting homebrew. Some entry level kits don't even require the standard sixty minute boil. I would say the hardest part of home brewing is cleaning and sanitizing bottles/buckets/everything that comes in contact with your beer. There is also lifting of heavy cases of bottles and equipment which can be difficult.
With a few days of online research and some forum discussions, you will be ready to brew your first batch of beer. Don't be afraid to jump in and try it. Stick to the basics, then build on them. There are methods and techniques ranging from paper airplane to space shuttle. You may never reach that final frontier, but then again...
3. Beer will make you fat
This one could be true, because once you start brewing amazing beer, you will be drinking more beer. Try and balance these extra calories with some exercise and trading out your other drinks (coffee, soda, juice) with water. Beer is no different than other food or drink that will affect your diet. Moderation is important with everything.
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